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Delaware Nature Society

PO Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
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302-239-2334

Coverdale Farm Market Garden Field Crew

Opportunity Type: Seasonal, Part-Time, Hourly, April - October

Location:

Coverdale Farm Preserve, Greenville, DE

Organization Description

Delaware Nature Society (DelNature) has spent over 50 years connecting people to nature with diverse environmental programs and services. As one of the most well respected environmental organizations in the region, we envision a healthy and sustainable environment for all plants, animals, and people living in our region. Our mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, advocacy, and conservation. Working state-wide in Delaware and the surrounding region, we operate four sites where people experience nature in unique hands-on ways reaching thousands of visitors each year.

Selected candidates will be required to submit to a criminal background check. While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

DelNature aspires to be inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious and political beliefs. Diversity creates an awareness of and acknowledges respect for differences and translates into understanding and valuing each other’s perspective. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply.

Job Description

The Market Garden Field Crew plays an important role in our work through their support in all areas of an intensive organic vegetable production system from seeding to distribution.  This system exemplifies the synergetic relationship between soil, plant, animal, and consumer. The seasonal position is at Coverdale Farm, April through October, hours range from 8 to 30 per week.

Supervisor: Market Garden Farmer Assistant

Sources of Collaboration:

  • Vegetable Production Team
  • Coverdale Farm Preserve Team

More About Coverdale Farm Preserve

We recognize that how we grow food has a profound impact on the environment. Coverdale Farm Preserve’s practices weave together conservation, high quality food, and community. Our vision is to build a healthy and resilient ecosystem, increase biodiversity, contribute to our local/regional food system, train the next generation of farmers, and educate our constituents.

Responsibilities

  1. Production Garden Operation: support all aspect through a variety of methods from handwork to small equipment.  Scope of work includes but is not limited to bed creation, improving soil health and fertility, plant installation by transplant or direct seeding and cultivation, weed/pest/disease control, cover-cropping.
    Time Allocated: 60%
  2. Plant propagation: support seedling production in propagation house through seeding trays, watering seedlings, disease and pest management, hardening off for transplant to production gardens.
    Time Allocated: 15%
  3. Harvest, wash and pack vegetables using established methods and following established safety precautions.  Prepare plant material for both on and off-farm markets
    Time Allocated: 10%
  4. Irrigation management: Installing and maintaining irrigation systems. Irrigate plants by following watering schedules as directed.
    Time Allocated: 10%
  5. Cleaning of all work areas, including propagation house, equipment sheds, and office areas. Maintaining of equipment.
    Time Allocated: 5%

Minimum Qualifications

  • Commitment to and passion for the mission of Delaware Nature Society and Coverdale Farm Preserve
  • Excellent public relations and communication skills with an ease and enthusiasm for talking to individuals of all ages
  • Professional maturity and positive interpersonal skills with friendly attitude
  • Organized, willing to take initiative, think and act proactively to solve problems and assess priorities, and manage a variety of tasks calmly and effectively
  • Ability to work outside for extended periods of time in various weather conditions
  • Ability to work as a professional team member in an active, changing environment
  • Must be able to perform repetitive physical tasks including, squatting, kneeling, bending, and lifting
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs
  • Experience in small scale organic farming is a plus. The willingness to learn and a desire to succeed is vital